Rep. Newman was successful in pushing for the inclusion of nine Community Project Funding requests in the fiscal year 2022 omnibus package (Public Law No. 117-103). Recently, the House Appropriations Committee announced that it would once again accept submissions for fiscal year 2023. These requests designate federal funding to specific projects that demonstrate a positive benefit to the community and are a good use of taxpayer funds. Projects selected by Rep. Newman and submitted to the House Appropriations Committee will be considered under fiscal year 2023 Appropriations legislation taken up by Congress with the goal of being signed into law by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2022.
This year, Rep. Newman will have the opportunity to submit 15 projects for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee, up from 10 projects last year. Click here to visit the House Appropriations Committee Community Project Funding webpage for additional information and guidance about this process. Projects submitted are not guaranteed federal funding, nor are they guaranteed the full amount requested.
For more information or questions regarding this funding process, please contact Marcus Garza (Washington, D.C.) at Marcus.Garza@mail.house.gov and Shadin Maali (Chicago) at Shadin.Maali@mail.house.gov.
Our office hosted an Appropriations and CPF 101 Webinar on Friday, April 8: Click here for Presentation Slide Deck
As you and your entity consider whether to move forward with soliciting federal funding through the Community Project Funding process, please be mindful of the following considerations and factor them into your decision making:
- Limited number of requests can be submitted by Rep. Newman. Each member of Congress will only have a max of 15 projects they can submit for fiscal year 2023. Last year, our office received nearly 70 requests for funding. We encourage project sponsors to also coordinate with the Illinois Senate offices on their requests to maximize chances of securing funding.
- Federal funding is not guaranteed. If your project is selected, the amount you requested is also not guaranteed. This process is fully at the mercy of Congress and there are several factors outside our control that could prevent funding from being realized. Please also be mindful that should the majority in the House or Senate change later this year, it could have a profound impact on the survival of Community Project Funding.
- Possible delays in receiving funding. It is our goal to have all 12 appropriations bills passed and signed into law by September 30, 2022. Unfortunately, that has not happened in years. Please make contingency plans in the likely event Congress will need to pass continuing resolutions to keep the government open and running well past the start of the new fiscal year. That means funding levels will remain at previous year’s levels. CPF requests will not be included in any short-term stop gap measure until a broader agreement is reached and an omnibus package is signed into law. This year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 in late March, nearly five and half months after the start of the new fiscal year. Once that happens, federal agencies will begin the process of reaching out to project sponsors to establish funding protocols.